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I have had many male friends say to me, “Kelly, you’re an intelligent woman. What’s your take on Sarah Palin?”
When John McCain first announced Palin as his running mate my first reaction was one of excitement. Yippee, a woman! I saw her speak and she had charisma, was attractive and seemed intelligent. Then I dug a little deeper.
I had to ask myself, what if Sarah Palin were a man? Would McCain have chosen a man with the same resume? No way.
So, let’s imagine just for a moment that Sarah Palin is “Sam” Palin and Joe Biden is “Josephine” Biden, and let’s take a look at their resumes.
Democrat, has been a senator since 1972 (36 years) and was first elected at age 29, making “her” the youngest person ever elected to the senate. She is chairman of the senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. She is from Delaware and is married with three children. http://biden.senate.gov/senator/
Republican, has been governor of Alaska for almost two years. Before that he served as mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside of Anchorage. He has no national or international political experience and obtained his first passport in 2007. He is from Alaska and is married with five children. http://gov.state.ak.us/bio.html
Once you get past the obvious differences in the experience level you have to ask yourself about some of the other issues, and here’s where opinion comes in.
Things I don’t care about:
Things I care about:
McCain is older, and being President of the United States has to be one of the most stressful jobs on the planet. If elected, Palin is one heart attack away from becoming president. That’s a very scary thought to me, because I don’t believe she has the political chops and I don’t believe she has any intention of representing this country fairly, but has every intention of furthering her own religious agenda.
I just have to ask Senator McCain, what were you thinking???
And for the women who are Palin supporters, would you support a man with the same resume?
This is a link to an article on Snopes, just so you know it’s true: Alaska Women Reject Palin
So, Cabana Boy calls me from some mooring in the San Juan Islands last week, having had a few rum drinks with the boys, and says, “I think McCain threw the election.” WTF? Was he drunk or was he right?
I think he was sober!
He went on to explain his theory saying that no one in their right mind would have picked Sarah Palin as a running mate if they truly wanted to win the election. And no one in their right mind would want to inherit this mess of an economy, the war in Iraq, the healthcare crisis, etc.
Who would actually want the job?
A quote from the September 4th, 2008, issue of The Economist magazine:
McCain had met Mrs. Palin only once, for a 15-minute chat at the National Governors’ Association meeting, before summoning her to his ranch for her final interview. The New York Times claims that his team arrived in Alaska only on August 28th, a day before the announcement.
I watched the interview Palin had with Katie Couric and I just sat there with my mouth open, shaking my head in disbelief. See for yourself.
Here’s part of the transcript if you can’t watch the video:
COURIC: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land– boundary that we have with– Canada. It– it’s funny that a comment like that was– kind of made to– cari– I don’t know, you know? Reporters–